Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style HefeweizenTrader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich pour topped with a light tan head that fades at a medium pace. The body is a cloudy and dingy orange.

S - Banana and bold wheat aromas.

T - Starts out as a mild mannered hefe. The middle leaves you wondering where the flavors went. Then in the end you get a nice kick of subtle spice and robust wheat. Well done with the exception of the abrupt changes from flavor to flavor.

M - The feel is rather coarse for a hefe. Perhaps the heavy carbonation is common for a Bavarian style.

~ Overall this is a good drinkable beer. I will recommend his to friends and I suggest it be consumed on a nice summer day.

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Photo of sommersb
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-18-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-12-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Mixpack from Trader Joe's

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color, topped by a white head standing 2 fingers high. Lacing is OK but seems weak for the style; head retention is low.

S: Standard bananas and cloves in the aroma, plus a bit of lemon.

T: The malted wheat brings a moderate level of sweetness; no perceived bitterness. Overall flavors are fruity, with the same banana and citrus as in the aroma.

M: Prickly feel due to the high carbonation, with a medium body. Finish is fruity and spicy.

O: Overall I'd say this is an enjoyable wheat beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd probably but it again for the good value.

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Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of gleemonger
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of BostonHops
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a very hazy dull golden yellow with 2" spritzy head that quickly recedes; not much lacing to speak of. nose is solid but not wowing; offers banana and clove with secondary notes of bubblegum and wheat.

taste isn't bad, follows the aroma pretty closely. a bit on the sweet side with the banana, clove, and bubblegum flavors all pulling through. definitely a wheaty presence. reasonably enjoyable. medium-light bodied with slightly above average carbonation.

overall this is a decent, drinkable beer and a reasonably priced one; nothing more, nothing less.

originally reviewed: 04-06-2011

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Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cloudy gold with a slowly dissipating head and some lacing. Smell is faint, grassy. Taste is lightly sweet, grassy, wheat come through nicely. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. A definite summer brew that is not overly light...could drink more than one.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ruckus232
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: Yellow/orange in color with a good amount of head that remains for a while. It is slightly cloudy but not entirely opaque.

Smell: Smells very banana like with a slight floral smell.

Taste: Very good banana and spice taste. Sweet but not overpoweringly sweet.

Note: I was actually very surprised with this beer, being from Trader Joe's I didn't expect anything really great but this is really good.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a smaple glass.

Appearance: Cloudy copper color. about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Bananas, wheat, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied. Grassy taste with alcohol.

Overall: Not really impressed by this beer, I actually expected better from the Trader Joe's selection.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lots of foam that dissipates quickly. Pretty good. Leaves very little lacing and is more transparent and bubbly than more well-known hefeweizens. Still looks dark orange and brown.

Smell: Just banana.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smoothness for sure. Very tasty in my opinion. Not as complex as other hefeweizens, but maybe a great gateway for this style of beer. Thumbs up! Lots of bubblegum and banana. You can definitely taste the yeast.

Drinkability: It's not offensive, so that's good. Very pleasant!

Overall: Like I said, a great gateway hefeweizen. Tame yet flavorful and tasty.

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Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trader Joe's has here a decent Hefe, and cheap enough. Unfiltered, slightly darker orange than I was expecting, good head retention. Hits all the usual wheat / clove / 'nanner esters. Full bodied, surprisingly solid. A little too much banana in the nose and not as crisp and sharp as I'd like, but this is solid. Falls somewhere just south of fresh Franziskaner, really. You could do a lot worse.

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Photo of beveritt
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. label depicts a top down view of some European row houses and is similar to other TJ labels. Short description of the style on the back. 5.3% ABV and 12 IBU. Batch number info printed on back label, but it is not clear as to what it means.

Appearance: Initially pours with 2.5 fingers of light tan head. This settles rather quickly for a hefe, eventually dropping to essentially nothing and leaving no lacing behind. Beer is slightly cloudy at first, but plenty of yeast sediment form the bottom of the bottle makes it an almost muddy brown/orange. Some sediment left in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of bananas and clove with strong wheat twang in the finish.

Taste: Sharp wheat twang upfront with a mild banana middle. Hints of apricot in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: A good representation of the style. The only significant flaw is the utter lack of head retention coupled with no lacing.

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Photo of wolf_switzer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of entenduintransit
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a big pillow of white head. The aroma bubbles with clove, banana, even some bubble gum. Light on the palate. Not as chewy as I would expect for a wheat beer. The flavor starts watery, but builds toward the end into something pleasant.

Nothing stands out with this beer, but it is drinkable and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of klewis
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: A nice concentrated hefe aroma with orange and clove aromas.

T: Quite spicy with a strong banana character. Plain and one-dimensional, yet quite tasty.

M: Light-bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: It's not weihenstephaner, but it will do. A solid offering at a great price.

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Photo of Waveoff
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aufie
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GatorCoop
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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